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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle while tomorrow is the First Tuesday of Advent. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignette on Saint Andrew, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayers are taken from the Opening Prayers for the Mass honoring the Apostle Saint Andrew:
Lord, in Your kindness hear our petitions. You called Andrew the Apostle to preach the gospel and to guide Your Church in faith. May he always be our friend in Your presence to help us with his prayers.
This is also the time of Advent. For the special Novena Prayer for this day during this time of preparation, click on ADVENT
Medjugorje Monthly Message for NOVEMBER 25th
Dear children! Today I call you to prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. In a special way, prepare your hearts. May holy Confession be the first act of conversion for you and then, dear children, decide for holiness. May your conversion and decision for holiness begin today and not tomorrow. Little children, I call you all to the way of salvation and I desire to show you the way to Heaven. That is why, little children, be mine and decide with me for holiness. Little children, accept prayer with seriousness and pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Possessions gained hastily at the outset will in the end not be blessed." Proverbs 20: 21
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- Messages 294 and 295 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 1st
- LITURGY OF THE DAY for Tuesday and Wednesday in the first week of Advent.
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No man is an island and needs the blending of faith and reason to reach the ultimate truths! |
On the feast of one of the first women Doctors of the Church Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Holy Father issued his 13th encyclical on the foundations of faith and reason entitled Fides et Ratio. Today we continue with the seventh part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The seventh installment continues the second chapter Credo ut Intellegam focusing on "The different faces of human truth " in which the Holy Father reasserts the need to balance philosophy and religious belief. He in no way demeans the study of reason or the great philosophers, but urges all to return to the fundamental truths passed on by the great philosophers who urged the same thing - the melding of faith and reason. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the seventh installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
There is a great distinction between the qualities of the human and angelic natures and it begins in the heart!
As we prepare for Christmas, we continue to bring you the signature feature of Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. who constantly preaches living in the heart. The only way we can live in the heart and allude the evil forces of satan is by praying with and from the heart. That sounds easy but it is a lifelong process. Today Father differentiates between the human nature of man and the angelic nature of spiritual being in showing man's uniqueness of human nature and how without the heart we have no way of communicating with God. For Father's column How to pray with the heart part two , click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"The angel of light has descended to mark all of my faithful little ones."
Those words come from the Blessed Mother in messages 294 and followed up in message 295 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in mid February 1993 at the beginning of Lent as Our Lady beseeches all of us to be "holy tabernacles" by converting our hearts and living as her Divine Son Jesus wishes us to live, taking full refuge in His Sacred and Merciful Heart and in Mary's Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart. It grows more sorrowful as so many of her little ones, especially her precious priest-sons, wander from the truth and do not impart what truly needs to be embedded in the hearts and minds of the faithful. She asks all to let go and let God. For the messages 294 and 295, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
Catholic World News Service
Holy Father emphasizes sacrifice and indulgences in decree on Jubilee Year with release of Papal Bull as well as announcing special Mass for Hurricane victims.
With just over a year remaining before we enter the next millennium and the long-anticipated Jubilee 2000, the Holy Father released his Papal Bull Incarnationis Mysterium on Friday and read parts of it in a special ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, citing the plenary indulgences that can be gained from participating in a Jubilee Year, with a special emphasis on sacrifice, penance, prayer and good works. The Vatican also announced that it will hold a special memorial Mass for the dead victims of hurricane-ravaged Honduras, Guatamala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico. For more, click on Jubilee Year
Israeli government trying to muscle archive holders in perpetuating the guilt of the holocaust
It's getting pretty tiresome, the constant blame-mongering the Israeli government is perpetuating in making more demands to have all archives opened even though they already have. Rather than learning from the tragedies, Jewish interests want to blame anyone they can from Pope Pius XII to the French to England and the Czech Republic. What it comes down to is that you cannot get blood from a turnip, but the Israelis don't seem to understand that and continue to make unreasonable demands, alienating more and more nations at a time when allies are important in light of the times foretold in Sacred Scripture. It is matters like this that continue to put a crimp in negotiations between Israel and the Vatican regarding the Holy Father's visit to Jerusalem in 2000. For more, click on Israeli ills.
"Dr. Death" arraigned in Detroit while down another "Dr. Death" being hunted
It took several days, but Detroit authorities finally arrested the notorious "Dr. Death" - otherwise known as Jack Kevorkian after his hideous and clinic-like murder of a 51-year old Catholic man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, which was shown on CBS' 60 Minutes last Sunday night. Meanwhile, in Australia, authorities there are ready to lower the boom on another "Dr. Death" down under Philip Nitschke who has admitted to assisting numerous patients in assisted suicide. For more, click on Dr. Deaths.
Philly Archdiocese helps moniker "City of Brotherly Love" live up to its image with new 877-BLESS ME number as part of new evangelization efforts
Cardinal Anthony Bevilaqua inaugurated a new concept for his Archdiocese in Philadelphia with the advent of a new toll-free number (877-BLESS ME) for people everywhere to seek advice. Despite jokes by media punsters of "Call in your confession," the program has been quite successful so far with priests manning the phones. Naturally, no sacraments can be performed by phone but evangelization and counseling can and the Archdiocese has spent a quarter of a million dollars in advertising to assure that it gets off on the right track in the greater Philadelphia area. The number is available twelve hours during the day and on weekends a message line records calls so the priests can follow-up on Monday. For more, click on Reach out and touch someone.
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Events today in Church History
On this date 1,278 years ago Pope Gregory II consecrated Saint Boniface a bishop and then dispatched him to the missions of Germany where Boniface would eventually be martyred but not before playing a key role in the conversion of the Germans and become known as the "Apostle of Germany." For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES